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Hello, have seen that quite a few of you have taken on a rescue chi or generally have more than one.

I have a small 5 month old pure chi boy who i've had since he was 2 months. I love him and he's my baby! :) But I didn't want him to get too spoilt and I wanted to get him some company in case I ever had to leave him at home alone. He's never been left home alone. I work part time and always get someone here when I'm at work.

So, about 3 weeks ago I got a 1 year old rescue boy. He is BIG! He may not be pure chi or may just be a big chi - either way he is beautiful and me and Romeo, my little one, both love him.

I had the new boy castrated straight away at the advice of rescue centre and vet cos he was a big old HUMPER! My little Romeo hasn't been done yet.

I had a veterninary nurse who's interested in puppy behaviour round yesterday. She thinks Paco - the rescue one may have suffered some kind of abuse - or been left alone a lot. He was never taught to sit and he constantly jumps on and off the sofa - very nervy - but he loves me! He loves learning and is doing really well at learning to sit now.

ANYWAY ... Paco the new boy is really settling in now. In my earlier threads I was worried that my little one - Romeo was getting too nippy with him! But now that's all changed. I've fed Paco up cos he was way to skinny and he's now a bit of a powerhouse and I'm worried when he plays with Romeo. Romeo isn't a wimp - even though he's little. But Paco has a lot of physical strength and puts both front legs around Romeo's neck in play and overpowers him. And Paco is HUGE compared to Romeo.

They will break it up straight away when I push them apart and get them interested in something else ...

I really, really, really want Paco to stay with us in our little home... He's not vicious or agressive and is so eager to please. I just don't want him to hurt Romeo. People have been telling me stories about 2 male dogs not being a good idea and killing each other ... I really don't think Paco would do that!!!!!! But any advice or experience would be great!

Also, as Paco the new boy is quite needy - I really want to make sure Romeo doesn't get left out - as he is my baby and there is enough love for both of them! Especially as Romeo isn't a cuddler, but he still likes affection and attention - and I know chi's can be quite manipulative. And Pax has had it rough, so really wanna give him the love he deserves...

Any advice, tips, suggestions would be amazing!

And gold star if you've got to the end of this essay! They're beautiful boys and both fast asleep now after 2 lovely walks, training and cuddles on this beautiful, sunny, English winter evening.

Rach, Romeo and Pax (Paco)
 

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This is the 2 of them together 3 weeks ago, and Paco looks a lot bigger than this now he has put on a little bit of weight. xxx
 

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How much difference is thete between their sizes? Charlie, my oldest chi, weighs about 9 lbs and Taz, the youngest, now weighs 3.5 lbs. She only weighed 1.25 lbs when I got her and I was so scared of her getting hurt that I didn't let them play together for two weeks. They do play now and it is rough sometimes but I believe they have to work out their own pecking order and intervening would only postpone that process.

As for one male dog killing another, I think you would get plenty of warning before the violence escalated to that point. Even so, just to be on the safe side if it were me I would not leave them alone unsupervised until you are more sure of their behaviour. I'm sure you have already thought of that. :)

As for making sure they each get their share of attention, it will work itself out. Your new guy needs time to settle down after being neutered. Also I think teaching them tricks gives them apositive way to gain your attention and helps thembuild confidence. I think in time you will find that having a second dog to play with is worth it to your little guy even if he does have to share your attention.

I think you are great for taking this guy in! :)
 

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Thanks MiniGrace, just looked through your pics and yours are little crackers and defo a size difference there too! ;-)

Yes you're right, I defo won't be leaving them alone together for a long while, probably til Romeo is about one and he's only 5 months now ... but I'll build up to it eventually with little 5 minute pop outs.

And yes, I agree with you about pecking order, that's what the nurse said needs to be established too. And I will need to get Romeo castrated. :-( Paco bounced back the next day after his and just wanted to play!

And so agree with you about the tricks too - really important and good for them to have something to put their brains too. Paco is learning really quickly and can't believe nobody has invested any time in him before! And they both love walking too. Paco has obviously been socialised because he's really good on the lead and around other dogs! Where as my little Romeo is an absolute hooligan around other dogs despite all the puppy parties .

Anyway, thank you. Your advice was reassuring... Still such early days. But I do want to committ to Paco - I'd hate myself if a month down the line I had to give him up because it's not working out .... but they do enjoy playing. And will sit on either side of me relaxed - for all of ten minutes anyway! ;-)

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First of all I commend you for adopting! Good on you!
As for having two males, you got lucky, because your
pup has probably not reached sexual maturity yet, and
your older dog just got neutered so his hormones are
either leaving or already left his system. I suggest to
also get your young pup neutered in a month maximum.
Having two males under one roof and happy is possible,
neutering helps A LOT, NILF helps a ton, and exercise
keeps everyone tired and well behaved. As for the tiny
size difference it is not an issue if you teach your pups
proper manners. Chanel is 7.5 lbs, she plays super rough
with my Basenji boys who are each 28 lbs, and all three
have a blast. Some of the rescues we get weight up to
80 lbs, and still all the dogs get along and no one gets
hurt. It is all in how you train and treat your dogs.
 

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To keep peace,,,you need to be the one in charge--only you--NOT either one of them. Make that clear at all times. I know plently of people who leave chi-s of different sizes to play together while they are at work, etc. all works out well because they know that the human is the leader. They are very sweet looking together. Why is Romeo not nuetered/castrated ??
 

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Thanks LS, you guys are all amazing by the way! I 'lurked' on here before I even got Romeo my first boy and 'stole' ;-) so much useful info off u all, but was too scared to join! It's really nice having a place to chat to people who understand and don't just think i'm a bore like some friends do - even though they're too polite to say it!!!

LS, I love Paco sooooooo much - and I really think (know) we're gonna make it work - they're both having a little rest now after a play. Paco is laying in his bed and Romeo is being a pest as usual, doing the rounds and checking everything is ok!!! ;-)

I will defo get Romeo neutered - I know I have too, it's gonna be so tough putting my baby through that but I know it's the right thing to do. Also soooo expensive hear in England £100!!!!

LS, what is NILF please? I shall google after posting! ;-)

They enjoy their exercise and i'm working on their manners!!! Puppy lady who came round was brilliant! Have changed my tone of voice at home. So quiet and calm they can just hear me. And it's made SUCH a difference! And to ignore them when they're jumping - and then they do sit and behave calm! AND best of all, cutting a treat into a million tiny pieces! That way I can train and reward throughout the day and they get less fatty treats but feel like they're getting more! BRILLIANT!

We're getting there. Thank you for all your help you wonderful, clever chihuahua people!!!!

Rach! :)

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I have 8 males. Yep 8. They all get alone famously. Well, except Tico, but he's ancient, arthritic and blind, so he gets excused. Chis love to run in packs. And I have 7 females. My 2 pound 14 oz three legged girl plays with any and comers including Marmalade at 20 pounds (chi/corgi mix) and Isis at 15 pounds (Rat Terrier mix) She holds her own. Your two are not that difference in size!!! If any of the dogs gets too rough with her, believe me, she will tell them off! They are not as fragile as you think. If there is no blood or yelping in pain, it's all good fun and normal. My dogs play all day long and half the night. They get vocal with each other, sometimes I have to turn up the tv, but again, no blood or yelping in pain means they're just having fun.
 

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To keep peace,,,you need to be the one in charge--only you--NOT either one of them. Make that clear at all times. I know plently of people who leave chi-s of different sizes to play together while they are at work, etc. all works out well because they know that the human is the leader. They are very sweet looking together. Why is Romeo not nuetered/castrated ??
Thanks Rubia, Romeo hasn't been castrated because I've been a total wimp about it. I will definitely get him done for the health benefits as well as everything else. I do appreciate how important it is. It's also really expensive here in England, so I got Paco done this month as a priority and pay day I will book Romeo's. :-(

Yes, I agree and I'm making it clear that I am the boss and they are respecting that. They are learning 'enough' when the play gets too much. And I'm making them sit and down in unison for food and treats and they really enjoy that. Paco hadn't been taught to sit at a year - and he really loves learning.

Thank you, they are sweet looking together - I think they do genuinely like each other.

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First of all I commend you for adopting! Good on you!
As for having two males, you got lucky, because your
pup has probably not reached sexual maturity yet, and
your older dog just got neutered so his hormones are
either leaving or already left his system. I suggest to
also get your young pup neutered in a month maximum.
Having two males under one roof and happy is possible,
neutering helps A LOT, NILF helps a ton, and exercise
keeps everyone tired and well behaved. As for the tiny
size difference it is not an issue if you teach your pups
proper manners. Chanel is 7.5 lbs, she plays super rough
with my Basenji boys who are each 28 lbs, and all three
have a blast. Some of the rescues we get weight up to
80 lbs, and still all the dogs get along and no one gets
hurt. It is all in how you train and treat your dogs.

I just googled NILF - and the first thing that came up was urban dictionary of MILF but with the N being nerd!!! Ha ha! U learn something new every day! ;-) ... Have found the right thing now, really, really useful. thank you! xx
 

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I have 8 males. Yep 8. They all get alone famously. Well, except Tico, but he's ancient, arthritic and blind, so he gets excused. Chis love to run in packs. And I have 7 females. My 2 pound 14 oz three legged girl plays with any and comers including Marmalade at 20 pounds (chi/corgi mix) and Isis at 15 pounds (Rat Terrier mix) She holds her own. Your two are not that difference in size!!! If any of the dogs gets too rough with her, believe me, she will tell them off! They are not as fragile as you think. If there is no blood or yelping in pain, it's all good fun and normal. My dogs play all day long and half the night. They get vocal with each other, sometimes I have to turn up the tv, but again, no blood or yelping in pain means they're just having fun.
Thank you Sydreamer, that's really reassuring! :) I love to see dogs playing and having fun and think it's really important for them to do so. Romeo has come on leaps and bounds in the 3 weeks we've had Paco already! Romeo used to only eat his food if I made it soggy and hand fed him! Now he woolfs it down just like Pax!!! :) xxx
 

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I have 8 males. Yep 8. They all get alone famously. Well, except Tico, but he's ancient, arthritic and blind, so he gets excused. Chis love to run in packs. And I have 7 females. My 2 pound 14 oz three legged girl plays with any and comers including Marmalade at 20 pounds (chi/corgi mix) and Isis at 15 pounds (Rat Terrier mix) She holds her own. Your two are not that difference in size!!! If any of the dogs gets too rough with her, believe me, she will tell them off! They are not as fragile as you think. If there is no blood or yelping in pain, it's all good fun and normal. My dogs play all day long and half the night. They get vocal with each other, sometimes I have to turn up the tv, but again, no blood or yelping in pain means they're just having fun.
8 males OMG. My foster male Willy and my own male Finn do not get along at times--lots of growling and nonsense. Willy could tear Finn to shreds, but he doesn't. I do not leave them alone, however, when I am not home just in case. The only two allowed out together are Finn (male) and Peanut (female). The others would get themselves into trouble.
 

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My pack is togeher 24/7 except for Abby and the puppies. They eat, sleep, play together and hang out in the dog room together when I go to the store or whatever. I did have one extremely aggressive dog, she attacked Lexxi and tore open her shoulder, throat and ear. She is no longer with us. But I knew she was a problem for a long time before it came to a head. She was a chi/min pin mix that spent her first 4 months at the county pound, no socialization, fighting for her food and bed space. I have been extremely lucky I guess, everyone else just intergrated into the pack with no problem.
 

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My 4 lb Chi plays really well with my Mum's JRT who is at least 2x his size and is quite a solid dog. Supervise while Romeo is little but once he's fully grown, they are both neutered and Paco has had time to adjust to his new surroundings and they will be fine together, in fact they will probably be inseperable buddies :)
 

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Pedro weighs 10 lbs, Gracie weighs 6 lbs, and Diesel weights a little under 3 lbs. They play, and they play hard. (That's one neutered adult male, and one intact 7 month old male.) They all know when it's time to back off a bit. It used to worry me to see little Diesel at the bottom of the pile, but when I sat back and watched a bit, I realized he was the instigator of the rough housing the majority of the time.
 

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Thank you for proving a loving home for your new furbaby!
We are very similiar to Pam's pack.. We have 8 chis, 5 of them boys.. They are together 24/7, no blood has been drawn..lol, and they work out whatever issues arise themselves. Four of the 5 males are neutered, all but Bandy who is "special needs" and will not be undergoing any procedures that are not necessary to prolong his life. I, personally, adore the boys! They love to play together, snuggle together, and love one another. Their sizes vary greatly from 4 1/2 pounds to 9 pounds, and no one gets injured. Welcome to the group. Deb
 

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U guys are so kind and amazing! Thank you so much for your reassurance - i love to watch my little chi boys playing! :) And it's lovely to read all your comments. Paco is settling in really well and he's learned to 'sit' so quickly - i can't believe nobody ever taught him before because he loves to please and get his treat afterwards. :) And the funny thing is, even though he's Paco the Powerhouse, at 9pm, he stops playing with me and Romeo goes to bed, noses under his blanket and goes to sleep til 0630!!! At first he used to grump a bit when i put his blanket over him. But now he likes it and wriggles on his back wanting his tummy tickled... And Romeo is trying so hard to use his nose to get under his own blanket the way that Paco does .... Hours of fun watching them! :) Thanks guys! xxx
 

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I have a 1.8 - 2 lb. (depending on if her tummy is full or not! LOL) female Chi and a 20+ lb. (still growing) bulldog mix. The Chi is 8 or 9 months old and the bulldog is 4 months old....they play, to say the least. Sometimes they get a little rough, but nothing to worry about. The Bulldog boy loves my Chi and knows to be gentle. Sometimes they get a little carried away and I have to break them up, it worries me a bit, but they're going to play no matter what I try to do to stop them. Good luck! I don't think you will have any problems.
 

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I have a 1.8 - 2 lb. (depending on if her tummy is full or not! LOL) female Chi and a 20+ lb. (still growing) bulldog mix. The Chi is 8 or 9 months old and the bulldog is 4 months old....they play, to say the least. Sometimes they get a little rough, but nothing to worry about. The Bulldog boy loves my Chi and knows to be gentle. Sometimes they get a little carried away and I have to break them up, it worries me a bit, but they're going to play no matter what I try to do to stop them. Good luck! I don't think you will have any problems.
Thank you Proudpeyotemama. They are adorable. :) xx
 

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hi you have a good eye both your little fellows are very pretty they look alot alike with the same coloringi think you did good getting the second im considering that also so keep us posted on their new frienship thanks
 
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